Breakthrough Groups

Don’t be trapped into thinking you’re the only one experiencing your current feelings, that no one understands, or that circumstances will never change! Bay Life's Breakthrough Support Groups provide safe, confidential, and caring environments where you can feel comfortable and safe talking about your struggles and grow toward wholeness.

Registration for spring seminars is now open. Breakthrough groups will meet at various times and locations at Bay Life Church (see specific listing for details). Some groups are now closed. 

THESE GROUPS ARE FOR ADULTS ONLY. Childcare is NOT available on Thursday nights for Breakthrough. In addition, we request that you do not leave anyone under the age of 18 unattended on Bay Life's campus while you are participating in any group.

Loss of a Spouse

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 10am - 11:30am | $5 workbook

Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible. Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on? As you know, the death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven't just lost a loved one - they've lost an entire lifestyle. That's why we are hosting Loss of a Spouse (a grief support seminar).

At a Loss of a Spouse seminar, you'll discover:

  • other people understand and have found ways to make it through
  • why it won't always hurt so much
  • reasons for hope
  • practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse.

We hope you will join us on your journey of grief.

Registration is now closed

Registration for spring groups is now open. Breakthrough groups will meet on Thursdays at various locations at Bay Life Church (see specific group for details) and Sundays in the Counseling Center behind Bay Life Church. The Counseling Center is located at 140 Yarbrough Road, Brandon, FL 33510.

A complete listing of open groups and classes offered at Bay Life Church can be found at Many of our groups and classes fill up and close. If you don't find what you are looking for, please check back as new groups and classes continue to open. Classes listed here are open even if they have already started. If you have questions, feel free to email Genevieve LoCicero,


Thursdays, February 2 - April 6, 2023 | 7pm - 8:30pm | led by Genevieve LoCicero | nothing to purchase

Boundaries are personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life. Do people take advantage of you? Do you have trouble saying no? Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations. Have you ever found yourself wondering: "Can I set limits and still be a loving person?" "What are my legitimate boundaries?" "How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?" "Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?" Using the material by Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend we learn biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, showing you how to set healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself. We unpack the ten "laws of boundaries," in order to bring new health to your relationships. You'll discover how sound boundaries give you the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.

Registration is now closed


Sundays, February 5 - May 7, 2023 | 10:30am – 12pm | Led by Genevieve LoCicero | Workbook: $20

Most people would tell you that separation and divorce are one of the most painful experiences they have ever faced. It is a confusing time when you may feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you have never faced before. The emotional damage cuts to the soul. True healing for this kind of pain can only come from God's presence in the life of the person experiencing it. Divorce care group are Christ-centered and meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Each Divorce Care session has 3 distinct elements: first watching a 40 minute DVD video where top experts speak on the subject of divorce and separation and individuals share their stories; secondly after viewing the video, group participants will spend time in a group discussing what was presented in the video and also sharing what is going on in their life. The third element is use of the participant guidebook in session and also at home throughout the week (to complete brief topic-related studies).

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Thursdays, February 2 - April 27, 2023 | 7pm – 8:30pm  | Led by Patricia Mira and Mark Sentovich | Workbook: $20

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you've lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. Our Griefshare group meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Each Griefshare session has 3 distinct elements: watching a video session which contains experts in grief and individuals who have experienced loss; a brief discussion time related to the video topic; and use of your participant guidebook during session and throughout the week (brief studies for personal reflection). You do not need to walk alone on your journey from mourning to joy. We hope you will join us. For more information, click here.

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Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't

Sundays, February 5 - May 7, 2023 | 9am – 10:15am | Led by Genevieve LoCicero

The focus of this group is to teach you how to find relationships (from friendships to romance) that are good for you and avoid those that aren’t.

Countless individuals have invested themselves into people who’ve shipwrecked their lives in return. They’ve been abandoned or taken advantage of and left with little to show for what they’ve given. If you’re one who has chosen the wrong people to get involved with or makes the same mistakes about relationships over and over again, then the Safe People group offers you a remedy. In this group we utilize Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend's book and DVD entitled Safe People to walk you through frank, soul-searching questions into active changes and practical steps for growth. The material contained herein is based on solid Biblical principles.

Safe People gives you solid guidance that will help you:

  • Correct things within yourself that jeopardize your relational security
  • Learn the twenty traits of ‘unsafe’ people
  • Recognize what makes people trustworthy
  • Avoid unhealthy relationships
  • Form positive relationships

We hope you will join us in this journey towards relational health and wholeness by learning sound Biblical principles from Drs Cloud and Townsend (authors of the Boundaries book).

Registration is now closed

About The Group Leader

As coordinator for the Breakthrough Support Group Ministry, Genevieve LoCicero and her team have facilitated a variety of groups. She has a heart to reach people that are hurting in all different areas. Her willingness to offer help and hope gently yet persistently through Breakthrough speaks well of her heart for the troubles of others. Breakthrough services are guided by Romans 12:1-2 which exhorts us to renew our minds. By doing so, we are able to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Renewing our mind impacts emotions which in turn impacts behaviors and results in a life changed.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  - Romans 12:1-2

For more information about any of our Breakthrough groups and events, contact Genevieve LoCicero,